24 Sep 2007

PR# 2007-653

Kidnapped Italian soldiers rescued

Kabul, Afghanistan – Two Italian soldiers were rescued this morning in Farah province following an Italian-led ISAF mission to free them. They were kidnapped Sept. 22.

“This successful operation is evidence of ISAF’s resolve to deal with acts of terrorism in Afghanistan,” said Maj. Charles Anthony, ISAF spokesman.

Earlier today, the Italian-led force intercepted the hostages and their kidnappers (It is unclear if there eight or nine kidnappers).  In the ensuing fire fight the two Italian hostages were wounded, one of them seriously. One Afghan citizen was also wounded. It is unknown what happened to the second Afghan national who was with the kidnapped victims. All the kidnappers were killed.

The freed hostages are receiving treatment at an ISAF medical facility.

Contact Information ISAF Public Affairs Office
Tel: +93 (0)799 51 1155 - Mobile: 0093 (0) 799 55 8291 pressoffice@hq.isaf.nato.int - www.nato.int/isaf/